Day in history for April 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The four newspapers of Davenport have joined The Argus in taking strong ground against the sale of the island of Rock Island and in favor of preserving it for a national armory.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Davenport woman proposes to prove, if her challenge is accepted, that she can wash 1,000 shirts in 250 hours.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Bitter words were exchanged and rival factions were on the point of trading blows at the Rock Island County Republican convention. Nominated for county offices are G.W. Gamble, J.K. Scott, L.V. Eckhart and M.A. Gould.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City men will confer with Washington officials tomorrow regarding more work for Rock Island Arsenal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen battled a sawdust fire more than two hours Wednesday afternoon at the Rock Island Millwork Company. Only negligible damages resulted from the smoldering fire in one of the three elevated sawdust hoppers which feeds sawdust fuel to the company's power plant. Spontaneous combustion is believed to have caused the fire.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline police have asked the public to watch for a dangerous chlorine gas cylinder, stolen from Sentry Pool and Chemical Supply, Inc., 1529 46th Ave., Moline. Police say the cylinder is silver with a red cap, 5 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. Printed on the side of the tank is Midwest Chlorine Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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